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Digital video is a medium that is now available to almost everyone. It can be captured on anything from a mobile phone to a high-definition camera, and published anywhere from YouTube to Blu-ray discs. In Premiere Elements 4 Essential Training, Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins explores all the video editing capabilities of Premiere Elements 4. Chad starts with a real-world sample project, then covers techniques for importing and editing video; and adding effects, transitions, and animation. He concludes with a final project incorporating all the steps, including exporting and posting. Exercise files accompany the course.
OK, we're working here in the Chad's Favorites project in the Chapter 6 folder and basically what I'm going to give you here is a rundown of just some highlights of these effects that we could apply. So, let's go ahead and go over to the Effects area by clicking the Effects button in the Tasks panel here. Now, the default view here is not really conducive for training. So, what I'm going to do is, I go over to this little flyout button here, click this down and right now it is the Thumbnail View, so we get little thumbnails of what these effects do. We don't really need those right now, but I'm going to change this to List View, so we could see more effects at one time.
Also, from this area here, you can click Show All if you know exactly what category you would like to search through. Also, if you know exactly what effect you're looking for, say for example, the Earthquake effect and there it goes. To get back to being able to see all of the effects, simply get rid of anything in this search field here. Now, right now we're just looking at Video Effects, but there is also Audio Effects and there is Presets, My Presets and Favorites as well. So, say for example, I went to Presets, there is all these really cool presets that actually ship with Premiere Elements.
So, they are just basically effects that people have used and adjusted the settings and you could use these instead of having to create this all yourself. So, these are really cool interesting ones here, a lot of picture and picture settings, look at all those picture and picture presets you can select from. So, it is some fun stuff there, I'm going to go back for now to Video Effects and we have talked about the Adjust category in the last segment and basically we have some Blur & Sharpen here. The Blur & Sharpen effects do what just they say, they blur and - these are footage where basically you just soften it up a little bit.
Let's see what Fast Blur looks like, I'm going to click and drag this onto my footage here or onto the clip in the Sceneline, either or is fine to apply it. You see we just have a little bit of blur here, we can go into our Effect Setting and adjust this. We will talk about customizing effects a little bit later on in this chapter. For now, I'm just going to hit Ctrl+Z to Undo that action. Let's scroll down a little bit here. Now, we come here to the Distort category. Basically this whole category is for warping and otherwise messing with our footage.
So, if you had footage of a campfire for example, and you want to make it look like the distortion from the waves was warping stuff. You come down here to select Ripple or maybe Twirl or some of these other effects, they will create those type of distortion. So, let's say for example I apply Twirl to this footage, I just drag and drop and let go on it and there is this Twirl and as my footage plays here, Play button, this probably goes through this, he has kind of like this real wacky warp sense. So, again this is all adjustable and you could definitely play with this and stuff.
We will talk about that later in this chapter. I am going to hit Ctrl+Z to Undo that, let's keep scrolling down. Lens Flare is an ever popular effect, often times this can be overused, but it is definitely a fun one to play with. As I drag and drop Lens Flare onto my footage, you'll be able to see what it does, it creates this flare right here in the center that is like the effect when you have a camera and you're shooting up by the sky and it creates this glare that's referred to as a Lens Flare and that's what this effect attempts to recreate. But it is only good to recreate like sun reflections, but certain types of lights, beams and that type of thing.
They kind of have like a nice little glint or something, maybe you have a video of yourself in a really proud moment, you can put a Lens Flare on your teeth because they are all shiny and you're happy and everything. So, just that type of thing, they do come in handy. I am going to hit Ctrl+Z to Undo that. This next category, the GPU Effects, these render rather quickly and they look pretty clean. So, if I applied Ripple for example, Circular Ripple and look how clean that Ripple looks, very cool and of course you can adjust these parameters and fiddle with these as well to get the Ripple that you're looking for. Hit Ctrl+Z to Undo that, I'm going to skip Image Control, we talked about that already and we have Keying, we will talk about that a little bit later, basically this is removing a colored background.
So, if you have a blue screen in the background, you want to remove the blue and have a transparent background, then you can use a Blue Screen key and so forth. Moving out along here, we're going to be talking about Keying by the way, in the movie at the end of this chapter when I'm showing you how to create lightening coming out of my hand. Scroll down in this NewBlue Art Effects Elements, these are really cool, there is kind of like this Line Drawing, lot of these artistic effects here in this category. This gives the effect that it is kind of like this home drawn look and if I play this back, when I rewind this and play this again, you'll see that plays back rather quickly.
In this you have like this really homespun look too which is cool. I hit Ctrl+Z to Undo that, of course there is Airbrush and Colorize, Metallic, Pastel Sketch and a whole bunch of those. We will talk about Old Film coming up in the next movie, so I'm not going to cover that now. This category of Motion Effects Elements, this is probably my favorite category of effects in Premiere Elements. For example, let's say we had Active Camera and I dragged and dropped this effect to apply this to my footage. This gives the effect that the cameraman was just kind of moving around in intense with the action and if I hit this key to get to the previous edit point which will rewind at the beginning.
Hit Play and you see that camera is kind of shaky, especially with this clip, it really works as he is jumping off the stairs, it seems like the cameraman shook with that action. It is really quite a cool effect. In the first movie in this chapter, I showed you this footage with the Earthquake effect applied. So, I'm going to drag and drop that, let's do that down to the Sceneline this time, although it doesn't matter whether you drop it here on the Monitor panel or in the Sceneline, either or as fine. As you play that, this footage is just crazy and shaking all over the place, very cool effect.
What is really cool about the Earthquake effect and this is a little technical, but just something to keep in mind, if you were to create this effect with the camera manually, it would create a lot of what is called, Motion Blur. You would blur the surfaces that you're moving around, but with the Earthquake effect, it keeps everything nice and clean. So, if you want to go for that effect, I recommend not shooting it and just applying this Earthquake effect. I am going to hit Ctrl+Z to Undo that effect and remove it. These are the cool effects like the Zoom Blur which is interesting, it makes everything look like it is going through time here a little bit. So, if I were to hit the Home key and place again, this clip will be barely recognizable, but it is kind of a cool effect.
Ctrl+Z to Undo that, next we have the Perspective effects, these effects help the clip to make it look like, it is existing in 3D space. So, if I were to apply for example, the Basic 3D effect, it kind of has that effect like those plates and Superman II, that General Zodd and his team were sucking, if you remember that awesome movie, it is kind of like that where the clip is kind of existing in the 3D plain. I hit Ctrl+Z to Undo that, I also add some Bevel effects, we could also add like a Facet effect which basically is a slight colorizing. It is a very subtle effect here, I'm sure on my screen as well, but it's basically just adding a little bit of an artistic effect, we're going to undo that.
Lightening of course, ever popular Lightening effect, I am just going to drag and drop it onto my footage here and let's go ahead and play with it, Lightening. There we go, tons of lightening just shooting out from a random place and of course when we talk about Editing effects later on in this chapter, you'll know about how to really customize this lightening, there are just so many controls and parameters, you could customize everything from the color to how many branches there or to where it starts at and where it ends at and all that kind of stuff. Ctrl+Z to Undo, as we scroll down, we basically have some Stylize effects, so I don't use these too often.
They basically just add interesting effects, see like Mosaic for example, I drag and drop Mosaic on. If you're trying to censor out something or block out somebody's face, that's usually when Mosaic is used, I hit Ctrl+Z to Undo that. You also add noise and a few other simple effects that stylize your footage and basically these are the effects that I use most often from this tool set. Video Stabilizer is also another great effect, but we're not going to talk about that here because we have a movie dedicated to that little bit later on in this chapter. But those are just a real quick hit list of the effects I tend to gravitate towards where I'm looking for cool effects for projects.
Next step, we're going to talk about how to use that film look effect to create this kind of look of old worn damaged film like for the 1920s, and what have you, it's a good stuff coming up next.
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